Catasauqua Press

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Tony’s Top Cat captures TOC championship

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For the Hall brothers, winning a tournament in their literal backyard was something special.

Phil and Derek Hall, both former standouts at Northampton High, paced a Tony’s Top Cat bar and Grill, a locally-based team to the title with a 54-51 win over defending champion Nites recently in the final of the 27th version of the Tournament of Champions at the Catty playground.

Taking the next step

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Three years ago when he took over the program, Catasauqua head football coach Phil Dorn envisioned a group of sophomores who could change the culture of the program during their senior year.

In his first season, Dorn’s squad produced a 3-8 record, a season away from one of the most productive in school history fueled by a core of seasoned seniors. Last year, there was a wave of initial optimism, especially after the team’s impressive 27-0 opening-game shutout over Bangor.

Julie Bisci new Catty field hockey coach

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Julie Bisci has had a busy spring and summer.

She has been planning her September wedding, looking into buying a house, and extending her teaching duties with students who have behavior issues. It can be a full plate for anyone.

But Bisci under took another endeavor, one that has been close to her heart since age 11.

In May, Bisci was named the new head field hockey coach at Catasauqua. She replaced her former boss, Carrie Saul, who left to take the same position at Northampton High School.

Tony’s Top Cat captures TOC championship

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For the Hall brothers, winning a tournament in their literal backyard was something special.

Phil and Derek Hall, both former standouts at Northampton High, paced a Tony’s Top Cat bar and Grill, a locally-based team to the title with a 54-51 win over defending champion Nites recently in the final of the 27th version of the Tournament of Champions at the Catty playground.

CHS pleased with summer

Thursday, August 11, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua is confident that their overall summer performance can be a prelude toward a successful winter season.

The Roughies recently ended a busy summer schedule with a strong showing at SportsFest. In the tournament, they opened with an avenged win over Quakertown before they dropped games to Easton and Wayne (NJ).

It marked the end to a two-month span in which the Roughies played 30 games in 62 days with their participation in SportsFest, the North Catty and Catty leagues and the Stellar Tournament.

Catty will have to change approach in 2017

Thursday, August 11, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

When their season began, Catasauqua’s softball program had expectations to get back to the postseason, but their aspirations beyond that likely wouldn’t materialize.

All-American Hannah Edwards and a small core of returnees would anchor a club that wondered if they could sufficiently fill a roster. There were exactly eight players on their roster before the season began.

Curmaci Dental eyes TOC title

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

As long as he can remember, James Snyder had been around the Tournament of Champions.

It has been a summer staple for him and his brother, Andrew, as their father, Eric, began the tournament 27 years ago. There has been a cavalcade of memories he and his family, from the choices of watching, working , and playing.

This summer, though, Snyder can reach a new pinnacle with the tournament.

Bradley eyeing starting spot with F& M

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Thinking back, Zack Bradley sees his junior year on the Catasauqua football team as it were yesterday.

It was then that Bradley started at quarterback and began to rewrite the Roughies and Colonial League record book as well as leading his team to one of the most prolific two-year runs in school history.

During that year, Bradley threw for over 2,100 yards and 31 touchdowns, the first step for more than 5,000 passing yards and 74 touchdowns in his career.

Berger helping to lead Catty on the diamonds

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Caught up in the moment with his team, Rod Berger believes he can pitch for quite some time.

After he enjoyed a successful season with the varsity team, Berger was also one of the main reasons the Catasauqua entry in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack League (LVCM) made to the state tournament. The Roughies dropped a 4-2 decision to Hellertown in the LVCM playoffs, but they qualified for the state tournament with a third-place regular season finish.

TOC set to begin another year

Thursday, July 28, 2016 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

It was a rainy, summer day in 1990 and Eric Snyder recalled writing the letter that began Catty’s annual Tournament of Champions (ToC), which has withstood the test of time.

“I remember putting together the letter about having the tournament,” stated Snyder, the longtime tournament director and high school boys’ basketball coach. “I thought it could be a good idea and that it could work.

“The only factor that didn’t work was rotating the site of the tournament every year.”